|More than 10,000 of these bracelets were distrubted from Changing Hearts at World Youth Day.|
This past summer, thousands of young people joined Pope Francis
in Rio de Janiero for World Youth Day, a tradition started by John Paul in the 1980s.
the Changing Hearts apostolate took advantage of this gathering to
spread its message of prayer to change the culture by
distributing more than 10,000 bracelets to young people at the
2013 event in Brazil. The apostolate also will be distributing
prayer cards and other items to young people at a national
conference this fall.
Changing Hearts is an ecumenical prayer and fasting
project started in Greenfield, Indiana, just 3 1/2 years ago.
It has spread to all 50 states and more than
15 foreign countries. “We are praying and fasting for God´s
forgiveness,” said Kay Dodds, founder. “Our prayer describes our dilemma.
We must change hearts and be courageous in speaking out.”
to the Changing Hearts Facebook page or YouTube to
see a video of how Kay’s apostolate began.
|Young people at World Youth Day in Brazil|
said the young people who attended World Youth Day escorted
by Regnum Christi and Legion of Christ chaperones from the
diocese of Cincinnati and a group from New York City
took the bracelets. Apparently, she said it has become a
tradition for young people to exchange items with each other
as “take homes” from the event. “They were excited to
be able to give them out,” said Kay of the
bracelets containing the message “Return the culture to God” in
English and Portuguese, and the apostolate’s website.
Hearts was awarded a $2,500 grant from the Mary Cook
Tippmann Foundation to cover the expenses for the giveaways.
|Kay Dodds in the Changing Hearts YouTube video|
World Youth Day event, Kay has been busy promoting her
apostolate. She was interviewed by EWTN’s Barbara McGuigan on the
radio show "Fight the Good Fight". Click here
access the EWTN Library. (Click on the program "New ministries
and their love and devotion to Our Blessed Mother." Kay’s
interview begins at about the 13.25 mark.) On June 24,
2013, Kay was also a guest on radio station on
a program "Faith in Action,” broadcast on Catholic Radio in
Indianapolis and Carmel, Indiana.
“We opened a Twitter account -- @ChanginghrtsUS
-- and sent out a ‘phone wave’ for 5 days
during the recent Peter Claver Youth Convention in Indy,” she
added. “And we are working on the next event,” she
said, saying Changing Hearts representatives will be passing out the
group’s prayer cards and other items at the upcoming National
Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis on November 21-23, 2013.